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Master of ceremonies : a memoir

Author: Joel Grey; Rebecca Paley
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Joel Grey, the Academy Award-winning master of ceremonies in Cabaret, finally tells his remarkable life story. Born Joel David Katz to a wild and woolly Jewish-American family in 1930's Cleveland, Joel began his life in the theater at the age of nine, starring in local productions of touring Broadway hits. He was hooked, and the search for the spotlight took him from the Cleveland Playhouse to seedy,
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Joel Grey; Joel Grey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Grey; Rebecca Paley
ISBN: 9781250057235 125005723X 1250057256 9781250057259
OCLC Number: 907965564
Description: 246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Joel Grey with Rebecca Paley.
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"Joel Grey, the Academy Award-winning master of ceremonies in Cabaret, finally tells his remarkable life story. Born Joel David Katz to a wild and woolly Jewish-American family in 1930's Cleveland, Joel began his life in the theater at the age of nine, starring in local productions of touring Broadway hits. He was hooked, and the search for the spotlight took him from the Cleveland Playhouse to seedy, gangster-filled nightclubs in Chicago, and finally to the lights of Broadway and the dizzying glamour of Hollywood. Master of Ceremonies is a memoir of a life lived in and out of the limelight, but it is also the story of the man behind the makeup. Coming of age in a time when being yourself tended to be not only difficult but also dangerous, Joel was required to act both on and off stage. Deftly capturing the pain and secrets of an era we have only just started to leave behind, Joel's story is one of love, loss, hard-won honesty, redemption, and success"--

Born Joel David Katz in 1930's Cleveland, Grey began his life in the theater at the age of nine, starring in local productions of touring Broadway hits. The search for the spotlight took him from the Cleveland Playhouse to seedy, gangster-filled nightclubs in Chicago, and finally to the lights of Broadway and the dizzying glamour of Hollywood. Coming of age in a time when being yourself tended to be not only difficult but also dangerous, sometimes an artists' hardest role is being himself. This is a portrait of an artist coming to terms with his evolving identity.

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"Simply smashing," - The New York Times Book Review"Joel's story comes straight from his heart right into yours." --Carol Burnett"A very honest and moving telling of a very complicated and talented Read more...

 
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